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David Sutton

David Sutton has been involved with international arbitration for many years first as counsel and then as arbitrator. He also practised commercial litigation in the high courts of England and Hong Kong.

His professional experience extends to a wide range of transactions, principally in the general commercial, banking, pharmaceutical, oil and gas and project fields.

He has acted as arbitrator for many parties in respect of arbitration proceedings in many countries and under most of the major arbitration systems including the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Arbitration Institute, the Zurich Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, as well as conducting ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.


  • Agency
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Finance and Banking
  • Environment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Joint Venture

Education and Career: 

Former partner of Allen & Overy, leading their dispute resolution practice for several years.

Former solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales with higher advocacy certificate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong.

Presently arbitrator, barrister and Avocat à la Cour de Paris.


Russell on Arbitration (21st, 22nd and 23rd editions) with co-authors.

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

External examiner, London University, Director of the London Court of International Arbitration, Member of ICC Commission on International Arbitration, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Member of International Bar Association.

Lectures and Teaching: 

Lectured at Queen Mary College, London, Hong Kong University and Stockholm University as well as before several arbitration institutions.


Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2018: "He is a highly experienced and very well thought of lawyer."

Who's Who Legal 2018: "A top-notch barrister, noted for his invaluable experience handling proceedings across a wide range of significant arbitral centres, including London, Hong Kong and Zurich."

Legal 500 2017: "Extremely well regarded by counsel and peers alike."

Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2017: "A pleasure to work with. He's meticulous, intelligent and diligent."

Who's Who Legal 2017: "a top choice as chair of an arbitral proceeding".

Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2016: "He is incredibly professional, very thorough and hugely prepared."

Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2015: "The quality of his analysis was very impressive. When the product came out, you can see it was a deeply impressive item. He shone out."

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